January, 1998 visit to New Zealand

Dec 29th, 1997, 08:49 PM
Deborah Soehlig
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January, 1998 visit to New Zealand

We will be visiting New Zealand in January, 1998 for only about one week. Realistically, how much can we expect to see? We have rented a camper van, and arrive and depart from Auckland. Is it possible to get to the South Island also in that time? What is a suggested itinerary? We enjoy outdoor activities, but are not looking for extreme activities. Thanks for your help!!
Dec 31st, 1997, 04:42 PM
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We have rented motorhomes twice - two weeks on North Island and same on South. Do not try to do both islands in a week. My choice would be Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Waitomo and that's it. In Waitomo do not follow the other tourists, but go blackwater rafting. You wear wet suits, climb 240 feet into caves and float on inner tubes through underground rivers. We are chronologically challenged (in other words senior citizens)- had a great time. By the way, N.Z. roads are narrow, a 22foot motor home is a monster over there.
Jan 3rd, 1998, 01:46 AM
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Message: Found your inquiry in the Departure Lounge about your
forthcoming visit to NZ. We can help you with accommodation in
Queenstown on the South Island. We can also give you suggestions for
activities in the Queenstown area that you might be interested in, or
point you in the right direction for the best deals. Check out our web
page and let us know if we can be of any assistance. Christie
Jan 4th, 1998, 07:34 PM
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I agree with the earlier reply, it would be madness to try to see both Islands in one week. If you do decide to stick to the north island, you should include Taupo - beautiful lake, great fishing, some thermal activity but a little less touristy than Rotorua. If you're keen on wine go to the Hawkes Bay, or if you cant get there at least get to Kumeu which is only half an hour's drive from Auckland.
For a good restuarant in Auckland specialising in fresh NZ fare (especially seafood) try CinCins at the Ferry terminal.

Have fun.
Jan 17th, 1998, 05:45 PM
George Ramik
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We are planning a similar trip in October. Found some suggested itineraries at www.nztb.govt.nz/itinerary. Have a good trip.
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